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Family: PERIPLOCACEAE* 

 Petopentia natalensis
 
  
Author:  Arthur Allman Bullock 1954
Family:  Periploceceae*
Habitat:  Southern Africa
Soil:  Peat
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  30 Centimetres or more
Height:  8 Metres or more
Flower:  Brown-Maroon
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings
Pop names:  -
Synonyms:  Pentopetia natalensis Schlechter 1894, (Ischnolepis natalensis, Venter 2001. Might be the right name now, but still under debate!) Plants with the tag: Fockea tugelensis and Fockea natalensis is actually Petopentia natalensis.
Got it from:  Loulé, Portugal
Year:  2005

The fruit.

And the flower in Kirstenbosh Botanical Garden.

Underneath, the leaves are red, if the plant gets plenty of light. Those are wild plants from Oribi Gorge.

Partly sun and total shadow.

Habitat in Oribi Gorge.

  

This member of the Periploceceae* family was given this name by Arthur Allman Bollock in 1954. It's found in Southern Africa. Prefers a rich soil, lots of water and sun in the growing season. The caudex can grow at least to 30 centimetres in diameter, the vines can reach seven metres or more.As seen on the photo, the flowers are brown-maroon/white. It also possible to make cuttings. I found mine in the Botanical Garden, Copenhagen 2001.

This Genus has recently been under Asclepiadaceae , then classified under Periploceceae and now:

 *This family might been incorporated in the Apocynaceae family

Flower from Copenhagen Botanical Garden.

These are wild ones from Oribi Gorge.

This one is 30 centimetre in diameter!

A large one from Copenhagen Botanical Garden.
The caudex is 60-70 centimetres long, and 15 centimetres in diameter.